Your weekly delve into the Jazz scene, with Russell Corbett

What’s on

Thursday, Sep 27: Tees Valley Jazzmen, No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland (12.30pm)

Friday, Sep 28: Zoë Gilby Quartet, St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook (7.30pm)

Saturday, Sep 29: Harry Greene Quartet, Hexham Abbey (10pm)

Sunday, Sep 30: Musicians Unlimited, Park Inn, Hartlepool (1pm)

Monday, Oct 1: Jazz in the Afternoon, Cullercoats Crescent Club (1pm)

Tuesday, Oct 2: Classic Swing, Ship Inn, Monkseaton (1pm)

Wednesday, Oct 3: James Birkett & Emma Fisk, Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee (1pm)

CD Review

Jo Harrop & Her Trio – Songs for the Late Hours County Durham born, London resident, vocalist Jo Harrop’s new album is a recommended purchase, perhaps as a Christmas present for a loved one. The recording quality is exceptionally good and the musicianship is of the highest order. A fine selection of standards, including Sophisticated Lady and You turned the tables on me, reveal a warm, rich voice accompanied by a first class trio comprising Harry Sankey, guitar, Will Barry, piano and Joe Downard, bass. The CD can be purchased direct from Jo: email:

Coming up

The Lazy River Jazz Band, led by reedsman Chris Perrin, comes to Darlington on Saturday 6 October as guests of Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. They’ll get everyone’s feet tapping playing a choice selection of classic New Orleans jazz numbers. Venue: St Augustine’s Parish Hall, Larchfield Street, Darlington 12.30pm Saturday 6 October.